By Damilola Faustino
Following the 60th Grammy Awards in NYC this year, the Recording Academy has decided to increase the number of nominees for Record, Song, Album, and New Artist of the Year from five to eight.
The President/CEO of the Academy, Neil Portnow, released a statement saying, “This creates more opportunities for a wider-range of recognition in these important categories and gives more flexibility to our voters when having to make the often challenging decisions about representing excellence and the best in music for the year. We look forward to celebrating all of our nominees when they are announced later this year.”
The changes will take effect with the 61st Grammys in 2019 when it returns to Los Angeles.
The four categories comprise the General Field categories, which are voted on by all eligible Grammy members.
The change is one of the biggest under Portnow’s watch and likely will be one of his last, as he will depart the Recording Academy after his current contract expires in July 2019.
Portnow also oversaw a tremendous reduction of Grammy categories in 2011 when the number of categories shrunk from 109 to 78 (they have edged back up to 84) and gender categories were eliminated.
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